Media and Entertainment Execs Missing From Open Letter to Trump on DACA

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Only a handful joined business leaders in publicly opposing an end to the immigration program.

As President Trump weighs a decision on whether or not to discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program started under his predecessor, a lengthy list of business titans released an open letter calling for him to keep the program. 

"As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children," the executives wrote in the letter, which was initially released late Thursday night. 

But media and entertainment company executives were largely absent from the list of signatories. The few exceptions were Brit Morin, the CEO of media and e-commerce company Brit + Co; Donald Graham, the former owner of The Washington Post; and Brian and Lisa Sugar, the husband and wife team behind media company PopSugar.

"I am the grandson of immigrants," Brian Sugar told The Hollywood Reporter by email when asked about his signature. "We are a nation built by immigrants. Ripping these Dreamers out from their families and communities is un-american.  We are proud to have our signatures on this document."

There are both ideological and practical reasons for these executives to oppose a potential shutdown of the program. Many employ individuals who are allowed to be in the U.S. on the basis of the program, and would stand to be forced to leave the country — and their position — were the president to end DACA.

"Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy," the letter reads. "With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage."